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New Short Documentary Series Explores Rich Culture of Kansas City’s Latino Community

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In light of new information received shortly before its planned broadcast, Kansas City PBS has made an editorial decision to omit one segment of this program from the final broadcast. 

Kansas City PBS is excited to announce We Are Latinos, a new short documentary series exploring the rich culture of Kansas City’s Latino community. We Are Latinos, from filmmaker Victor Antillanca,will premiere as short documentaries each week at, followed by a broadcast on Channel 19.1 on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The first entry in the series is available to stream now.

We Are Latinos explores the stories, hopes and accomplishments of the vibrant — and underappreciated — Kansas City Latino community. The broad experiences of Latino artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, immigrants and proud Americans unfolds in this cinematic short documentary series.

“I’m very excited for Kansas City PBS audiences to see the incredible work that Victor has done with We Are Latinos,” said Kliff Kuehl, president and CEO of Kansas City PBS. “It’s an authentic, honest and visually arresting celebration of the Kansas City Latino community.”

“I had a vision for this project,” Antillanca said. “It was in me. I wanted to do something for the community, and I wanted to tell these stories, so my daughters, when they grow up, get to know more about our culture.”

Featured in the series are:

  • Jenny Mendez, a third-generation Mexican American artist born and raised on the west side of Kansas City who created her first mural in 1982 and is cultural arts director at the Mattie Rhodes Center.
  • Kiki, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who came to the United States from Mexico at age 7, as she returns to her country through memories -- not being able to visit her family in person, we reunite them through film.

“Jenny and Kiki are great people who are doing something really big for the community,” Antillanca added. “I feel honored to get to know them and that people are going to get to see what they’ve been doing, what they do. They make me even more proud to be Latino. This is the beginning of a project that will impact the entire community and our city.”

For more information, visit Kansas City PBS’ We Are Latinos web page. 

About Kansas City PBS

Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization located in midtown Kansas City. Founded in 1961, KCPBS operates four television channels, as well as working with sister brands Flatland, its digital news source, and 90.9 The Bridge, an NPR music discovery public radio station.

For more information, contact:
Tyler Peterson
Communications & Engagement Manager

This blog post and accompanying program description have been edited to reflect the omission of one segment originally featured in We Are Latinos